WATERisLIFE Founder Ken and his wife, Nita, have been devoted to serving children since college, as educators and also as mission partners. After traveling to the Philippines and China, Ken found himself walking away from the security of a weekly paycheck and retirement benefits when he and Nita began Hearts and Hands International, an organization committed to helping at-risk children internationally. Ken and Nita have been traveling, inspiring and encouraging each other to serve, working at orphanages in Asia, South America and Africa. While working in an orphanage in northern Kenya/southern Sudan, Ken realized a true water need: Children were drinking water that came from contaminated wells, retention ponds and other unhealthy sources. After, WATERisLIFE was conceptualized and put into action. Inspired by his backpacking days, Ken began working with a water purification factory, and the WATERisLIFE portable straw filters became the cusp of WATERisLIFE to bring clean water to children, their schools and villages in 33 countries worldwide. Ken and Nita have two grown daughters and, recently, a son-in-law who shares their love of Asian food and travel.
Jeremy had been an advisor for John Hancock Financial Network for four years receiving various awards, one being Rookie Advisor of the Year in 2010, leading his team in assets under management. Leaving Hancock in the late fall of 2012, Jeremy Partnered up with strategic individuals and helped launched an independent full service financial firm, offering assistance from estate planning, insurance, investments, P&C, company benefits, health insurance, to commercial and residential mortgages. After Launching that firm, Jeremy was brought on the team at Stockton Financial to serve as their in-house financial advisor catering to the business owners, executives, and employees of Stockton & Associates clients. In addition to his WATERisLIFE work, Jeremy serves as the Treasurer for Edmond Family Counseling Board of Directors, a local organization committed to providing counseling and educational programs to individuals, families, and groups in Edmond and surrounding communities. Jeremy is also the Past-President for the Boulevard Rotary Club of Edmond 2013-2014. Most recently, Jeremy was named one of the "Top 20 under Forty" in the Edmond Business Times magazine. While residing in Edmond, Oklahoma, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Kelsey Baldwin, and their family, boating, traveling, dining, running, and being entertained by their two German Shepherds, Mischka and Häanz.
In October 2013 Sean Chai joined a WATERisLIFE Field Trip. His worked focused on providing clean drinking water for children at an orphanage in Kenya. This WiL Field Trip filled Sean with joy and happiness that went far beyond his professional accomplishments. Sean was dramatically moved by the children’s innocence and angelical smiles as they drank the clean water. He calls the children he met on the journey his lovely angels. At that time of his trip Sean and his wife were expecting a baby. In the spring shortly after his Kenya work, he and his lovely wife were blessed with a huge surprise – twin girls. Each time Sean holds his beautiful daughters in his arms, he thinks of the angelical smiles of the children in Kenya. Sean works in his country of China where many children in the remote countryside are threatened by unclean drinking water. He works to share love and happiness with them – as well as working to bring clean water to so many. Sean is currently the Founder of a company working in the healthcare industry providing hospitals with cutting edge technology, and most recently resigned as the VP of Toshiba Medical. Sean and his family are looking forward to relocating to San Francisco this fall.
Joel Comm is an entrepreneur, NY Times bestselling author, new media innovator and sought-after public speaker. Joel is an industry expert on harnessing the power of the web, publishing, social media and mobile applications. In 2006, Joel published The AdSense Code: What Google Never Told You about Making Money with AdSense, which was a New York Times and Business Week bestseller. He is also the author of Click Here to Order: Stories of the World’s Most Successful Internet Entrepreneurs and Twitter Power: How to Dominate your Market One Tweet at a Time. In 2007, he was the host and Executive Producer of The Next Internet Millionaire, an online reality show.
Mike Turner is Vice President of the Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) division of ONEOK Partners in Tulsa, OK, where he is responsible for growing the business through employee development, customer relationships and contract negotiations. Mike has a passion for the mission field. In 2011, he travelled with WATERisLIFE to Haiti and then to Kenya in 2013 to support and work where his heart leads – with children. His experiences solidified both his desire to support children in need and his appreciation for the WiL organization. Mike and his wife Julie have been married for seventeen years and have been blessed with six wonderful children. Their vision is for each of their children to have a heart for missions, and they look forward to taking a WATERisLIFE Field Trip as family oneday. Mike and his family currently live in Oologah, OK where they enjoy spending time together, playing outside, travelling, homeschooling and making lasting memories.
John Weakley founded Grizzly Capital, a private-equity investment company that specializes in funding and restoring struggling companies and real-estate projects. Additionally, John is the Founder of Viktor Tech Companies, and President of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Advisory Committee. Additionally, John is a former Sales Executive for United Studios of America, a national photography company operating in over 28 states in the U.S. John was a big-ten varsity wrestler at The Ohio State University and at age 20, founded Prodigy Consulting Inc. out of his dorm room. With his beginning client-base he advised and designed business strategies growing to three offices with a portfolio with combined company revenues over $760 million dollars and leading three of his clients to Metro 50 Fastest Growing Companies in Oklahoma. John is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants and the Society for Professional Consulting; he has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine.
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